Interview Tips

The interview is your time in the spotlight. Since most hiring managers are looking for reasons not to hire applicants, you must be able to convince them otherwise. An applicant usually has one hour to impress the interviewer. As important as that hour is the preparation that is done by you beforehand. If you have not interviewed for a long period of time, you should role play with family or friends. Be prepared to explain your duties, time gaps, why you left past employers, as well as the value that you can offer to the hiring company.

During The Interview

Never Burn Bridges...give your employer a two week notice. Most companies will ask you to leave immediately if you are joining a competitor.

goldhawk-partners-interviewingJob seekers should be polite to everyone they meet upon arriving at the hiring company's office building, since employees you engage may be asked about your demeanor. As a sign of respect, request permission to use the interviewer's first name.

During the interview, job candidates should sit upright, maintain eye-contact, be confident, and enthusiastically answer questions. It is critical that you listen well and think before articulating how past experiences can assist you in the role. This approach will prevent you from rambling, while showing hiring authorities your ability to communicate effectively. Refraining from being negative toward former employers or peers is as important as not asking about compensation upfront. While you should never overvalue your skill set, make sure not to undervalue your core competencies.

Pre-Interview

  • Research company, role, services, and financials.
  • Prepare "strategic" questions.
  • Secure a pen, pad and extra resume copies.
  • Prepare your references.
  • Groom and dress for success.
  • Limit jewelry, make-up, cologne or perfume.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early in case there is an application.

Post-interview

  1. Contact your recruiter to give feedback.
  2. Immediately send a thank you note reiterating your interest.
  3. Avoid being overly aggressive in your following-up.
  4. Be prepared for salary negotiation by researching salaries of similar roles or discuss with your recruiter.
  5. Be patient; there will usually be several candidates.
  6. Do not stop you career search until you have an offer letter.

Networking

It's important that you network prior to becoming unemployed. Take advantage of resources such as LinkedIn and Facebook, as well as former co-workers and local events.

Map out Job Hunt

Map out your job search by identifying companies in your target industries. This approach will allow you to leverage your relationships, knowledge, and experience.

Update Social Media

Recruiters and employers may peruse your profile on social media sites. Keep these platforms updated and free of material that may damage your personal brand.